Jam-Packed July

Pretty yellow butterfly

Pretty yellow butterfly

Sikkim Cucumbers

Sikkim Cucumbers (and my awesome pants! haha)

Mimosa Blossoms

Mimosa Blossoms

Little yellow wildflower (a perk of not weeding the garden!)

Little yellow wildflower (a perk of not weeding the garden!)

A quick little one-point perspective painting

A quick little one-point perspective painting

My friend/coworker (who is a brilliant painter!) and I are doing a little collaborate painting. I started it, now she will add to it, and we'll pass it back and forth until we deem it finished!

My friend/coworker (who is a brilliant painter!) and I are doing a little collaborate painting. I started it, now she will add to it, and we’ll pass it back and forth until we deem it finished!

Bumblebee and sunflower

Bumblebee and sunflower

A turkey strutting in the playground at Forest School

A turkey strutting in the playground at Forest School

In snake-tree news; Smoochie hosed out the snake-toilet (eww!!)

In snake-tree news; Smoochie hosed out the snake-toilet (eww!!) Not sure if this disturbed them or not but we really couldn’t help it, it looked gross!

Farther up in the tree...I spy shedded...

Farther up in the tree…I spy shed…

Snake skins!

Snake skins! Wish I could’ve photographed this process as it happened!

The same tree...another day...another reptile!

The same tree…another day…another reptile!

A skink; and a fat one!

A skink; and a fat one!

It scampered off into the snake hole!

It scampered off into the snake hole!

I was diligently picking off all these squash bug eggs, but the squash vine borers eluded me and we lost most of the pumpkin plants. But there areare lots of loofah gourd squash plants doing quite well. There's always a bright side to gardening!

I was diligently picking off all these squash bug eggs, but the squash vine borers eluded me and we lost most of the pumpkin plants. But there are lots of loofah gourd squash plants doing quite well. There’s always a bright side to gardening!

Missouri River valley

Missouri River valley

Here's a shot of my organized and meticulous method of curing/saving garlic. Hahaha

Here’s a shot of my organized and meticulous method of curing/saving garlic. Hahaha

A tattered butterfly resting on the deer fence

A tattered butterfly resting on the deer fence

Floral on floral on floral!

Floral on floral on floral!

A dragon's egg cucumber

A dragon’s egg cucumber

My study buddy at the library

My study buddy at the library

A few weeks ago we had Vacation Bible School at our church. There were about 25-30 kids there which was a great turnout!

The theme was "Camp Discovery" and the teachers did a great job decorating the classrooms.

The theme was “Camp Discovery” and the teachers did a great job decorating the classrooms.

I was in charge of the arts and crafts! VBS was Monday-Friday 6-8PM; a very busy week!

I was in charge of the arts and crafts! VBS was Monday-Friday 6-8PM; a very busy week!

A simple one-point perspective lesson

A simple one-point perspective lesson

Following directions (as usual)

Following directions (as usual)

Doing whatever she wants (as usual) hahaha!

Doing whatever she wants (as usual) hahaha!

I love painting with kids, they are so creative and don't second-guess the process of painting!

I love painting with kids, they are so creative and don’t second-guess the process of painting!

This was a great abstract piece by a 4 year old.

This was a great abstract piece by a 4 year old.

Recess!

Recess!

Snack time! (and representing Auburn; Aunt Spy's alma mater)

Snack time! (and representing Auburn; Aunt Spy’s alma mater)

The end of VBS ended with a water balloon fight; a long-standing tradition!

The end of VBS ended with a water balloon fight; a long-standing tradition!

The teenagers filled water balloons all week; 1500 of them!

The teenagers filled water balloons all week; 1500 of them!

In baseball news…

The Knights are league champions!

The Knights are league champions!

Knights fans

Knights fans

Nana and my sister (visiting from FL!) at one of the games

Nana and my sister (visiting from FL!) at one of the games

Climbing in the playground at the ballfield

Climbing in the playground at the ballfield

Watching warm-up in the shade (it was near 100 degrees at several of the games, whew!)

Watching warm-up in the shade (it was near 100 degrees at several of the games, whew!)

Hitting the trail

Hitting the trail

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Paw-Paw trees. I have yet to sample a paw-paw (I've heard it tastes kind of like a banana).

Paw-Paw trees. I have yet to sample a paw-paw (I’ve heard it tastes kind of like a banana).

Tiny bright red mushrooms

Tiny bright red mushrooms

Pretty blue-purple wildflowers

Pretty blue-purple wildflowers

Leaf

Leaf

A feather

A feather

Little mushroom

Little mushroom

The Spy golfing

Four!

The kids with Nana & Pop, who we enjoyed having in St. Louis the whole month of July!

The kids with Nana & Pop, who we enjoyed having in St. Louis the whole month of July! Golfing, tennis, swimming, movies, etc., etc….thanks for all the fun and good memories!

On to August!

But first a good night's rest under a blue moon!

But first,a good night’s rest under a blue moon!

8 thoughts on “Jam-Packed July

  1. Mominthegarden

    I just love how you blog! I am also as meticulous with my garlic ;-) I was just at Monet’s garden in Giverny and snapped some photos (read: many, many photos) and one was of what you have here as a mimosa tree! I didn’t know the name of it, so thank you for that! It is so lovely! Your vegetables, of all shapes and sizes, are a treat to see. Sorry to hear about your pumpkins. My squash are quite late, and it has turned COLD here! So I’m not sure if I’ll get any… I look forward to seeing the painting that you and your friend are doing. What a great idea. Always lovely to visit your blog! :-)

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  2. narf77

    I don’t know which is visually more impressive. Those cucumbers, or those pants. I am imagining that mimosa might be about the same kind of plant genre as wattle. I might have to see if I can’t find me some mimosa seeds this side of the Pecos. Your collaborative painting is like a progressive dinner. Every stop you add something till you are full :). You appear to have the same meticulous saving method that I have. Garlic is about the only thing that the winter rat invasion has left intact. Must be vampire rats ;). I remember last years water ballooning session. The year has gone so fast! We are holed up and hunkered down for what has been a cold winter (for us). It is raining as I type this and it seems a strange dichotomy to see all of the sunshine and hear about the heat, but we will be up to our armpits in it soon enough. Must admit, I MUCH prefer the cooler seasons ;). Happy August! :)

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      This year has gone fast! I prefer the cooler seasons too and autumn is almost here. I had never heard of wattle; I just looked up some pictures and yes, mimosa blossoms are fuzzy little bursts similar to wattle and there are some 200+ varieties of mimosa so maybe they are related. The foliage looks very similar to Poinciana trees, not sure if you have those down south, but we had them in Florida. I finally got the garlic hung up; it was covering our entire front walk/porch for a few weeks hahah (it needed a shady place to rest!) Enjoy the last of your winter! Thanks for the comments!

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  3. Sandy Greenberg

    Wonderful pictures!!!! So much fun to look at your beautiful family and all of your great activities.

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